Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits and certifications help growers and handlers implement food safety plans that enhance the integrity of our food supply. This cost-share program is funded through the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Fund.
Growers and handlers certified to USDA GAP/GHP standards by an accredited certifier are eligible for a maximum of three years if:
- Certification was awarded or continuing between May 16, 2023, and May 15, 2024; and
- The address on your certificate is in Minnesota.
Eligible expenses include review, inspection, and administrative costs charged by the certifying agency between May 16, 2023, and May 15, 2024.
Ineligible expenses include costs to prepare for certification, such as installing hand sinks and drains or hiring a contractor to oversee the plan.
Third party certification is required to become GAP/GHP certified. For more information, questions, or to schedule an audit, please call 651-201-6067 or visit the Fruit and Vegetable Inspections webpage.
Certified growers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement of 75% of their GAP/GHP certification costs (maximum reimbursement of $2,000).
Note: We're updating the application – check back in early July for the new form.
Submit your application by May 31, 2024. Include:
- 2023-2024 GAP/GHP Cost-Share Application (PDF)
- IRS W-9 "Request for Taxpayer ID and Certification" (PDF)
- Proof of certification
- Copies of invoices issued by the certifier
MDA GAP/GHP Cost-Share/AMD
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538